Types of Conflicts and Tensions Between Older Parents and Adult Children

E. J. Clarke, M. Preston, J. Raksin, V. L. Bengtson
1999 The gerontologist  
What are the most common themes of conflict between aging parents and their adult children? Six types emerged in a qualitative analysis of Longitudinal Study of Generations survey data: conflicts over (1) communication and interaction style; (2) habits and lifestyle choices; (3) child-rearing practices and values; (4) politics, religion, and ideology; (5) work habits and orientations; and (6) household standards or maintenance. There were generational differences: parents most often listed
more » ... t often listed conflicts over habits and lifestyle choices, whereas children cited communication and interaction style. These results suggest a new agenda for gerontological research: intergenerational conflict in the context of solidarity within aging families.
doi:10.1093/geront/39.3.261 pmid:10396884 fatcat:xqacyschzbervbg6zcfdsm4k6a